Alumni Updates

Holly Edmundson, Physics & Astronomy, 2009
Submitted: August 21, 2012
After graduating from HSU I went to grad school at University of Oregon where I got my Masters in Materials Science with an emphasis in Optics. I got a job in the semiconductor industry. Humboldt's physics program gave me a major advantage when it came to E&M, electronics and lab experience all of which I used regularly in grad school and still use in my 'real job'.

Alef DuRant-Wise, Biological Sciences, 2013
Submitted: August 20, 2012
Alef DuRant-Wise has recently been hired as the Laboratory Manager at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. She is working on atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn's disease in the Ley Lab. She is taking her last two classes for her two bachelor degrees in marine biology and zoology as an intrasystem exchange student at San Diego State University. Special thanks to Professor Sean Craig for being a great mentor!

Asad Ullah, Biological Sciences, 2012-2013
Submitted: July 22, 2012
please inform me about admission in master and m.phill program in botany . also update me about schollership in the mentioned field. thankyou.

Mry K. Wicksten, Biological Sciences, B.A. 1970, M.A. 1972
Submitted: July 5, 2012
Mary Wicksten is a Professor of Biology at Texas A&M University. She just finished her major publication, "Decapod Crustacea of the Californiana and Oregonian Zoogeographic Provinces", Zootaxa 336=71, 307 pages long. This monograph contains keys, illustrations, short descriptions and information on range, depth, habitat and living color for all crabs, shrimps and lobster-like species, freshwater or marine from the shore to the abyss from Washington to mid-Baja California. Yes, I am sending a copy to the Humboldt Marine lab!

Kathryn Leigh Riley, Wildlife, 2006
Submitted: May 31, 2012
Kathryn Riley recently joined the San Diego URS Corporation as a Wildlife Biologist. She is currently conducting wildlife surveys on alternative energy projects in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California. Her focus is on migratory birds, burrowing owls and the federally endangered desert tortoise.

Michael Elwin Briggs, Education, 1984 - Geology BA 1986 - Education MA
Submitted: May 1, 2012
Recuperating from shoulder surgery in January. My daughter, London, will be 6 in May.

Nathan Rasmussen, Physics & Astronomy, 2010
Submitted: April 19, 2012
Going to HSU to study physics was the best decision I've made in my adult life. Not only did it give me confidence in my problem solving abilities, but the faculty is amazing. I was able to do research with Dr. Hoyle and not only publish a paper, but gave a conference talk and a few others about the research. I was hired to teach physics labs after graduation, and now I am about to start a PhD program at Washington State University. Studying at HSU has been an amazing experience!

Stewart Wilson, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2010
Submitted: April 4, 2012
Research Assistant at UC Davis in Soils and Biogeochemistry. MS Student

TIM PROVAN, Wildlife, 1968
Submitted: March 30, 2012
upon graduation, moved to Utah. Completed M.S. Degree in Wildlife Sciences at Utah State. Worked 30 years for Utah Div. Wildlife Resources. Became Director in 1989 Retired and moved to Redding, CA and worked for Duck's Unlimited for 7 years as Regional Director. Retired in 2004. Continue to hunt & fish enjoying the beauty of Northern California.

Carrie Leonard, Oceanography, 1992
Submitted: March 29, 2012
Carrie has recently been name the Director of Advanced Concepts for BAE Systems in Honolulu. In this role she meets with the user community to develop technical solutions to their pressing needs. She has also been named the Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers Hawaiian Island Chapter. On a personal note, she's a soccer coach (U8 AYSO), baseball and water polo mom, and active triathlete.

Nicolas Havlik, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2001
Submitted: March 28, 2012
Currently employed by Parsons Corporation at Fort Bliss, Texas as the Program Manager for the Integrated Training Area Management(ITAM)Program. Our program focuses on erosion and sediment control, native grass re-seeding, vegetation monitoring, maneuver trail maintenance and reconfiguration, protection of sites both of cultural and biological significance and education to our Military on the importance of being good stewards of the 1500 square miles of training land that encompasses Fort Bliss.

Ronald Anderson, Physics & Astronomy, 2002
Submitted: March 23, 2012
I work for Naval Shipyard doing Radiological work. Dosimetry tech at the moment.

Dr. GAry Joseph Stebbins, Wildlife, 1972
Submitted: March 21, 2012
Gary Joseph Stebbins, 1972, Wildlife, has reentered the world of public education as principle of the Greenville, Calif., and Taylorsville, Calif., elementary schools after a career in public education as a teacher and administrator, and then professor of Educational Leadership at San Jose State University. Stebbins and his wife Maureen (a Humboldt alumna) built their retirement home at Lake Almanor, Calif., with the help of family. Stebbins enjoys his "born again" role as principal and Maureen also volunteers at the schools several days a week.

Amy Gustafson, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2007
Submitted: March 20, 2012
I am currently a Rangeland Management Specialist for the Sierra National Forest, and have been since fall of 2008.

Thierry Mann, Chemistry, 1993
Submitted: March 5, 2012
Ph. D. University of Arizona 1998 Micromass/ Waters 1999-2003 Novartis Pharma 2003-present Moved to Basel Switzerland 2011

Eric Burke, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2005
Submitted: February 29, 2012
Currently a Registered Professional Forester and working for the Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District as a Timber Sale Administrator.

Rani Ram, Wildlife, Spring 2011
Submitted: February 26, 2012
Since graduating with my B.S. in May, I have been busy applying to Anthropology graduate programs to specialize in Primatology. An important aspect of this process is applying to scholarships, such as the NSF GRFP, which I highly recommend getting started on early. I have been accepted to my top choice school, Kent State, OH, to study the feeding ecology of saki monkeys in Surinam with Dr. Marilyn Norconk. I didn't follow a traditional path in gaining my degree, and it may have taken me a little longer, but what matters in the end is that if you persist with your education, you will achieve your desired goals. Good luck.

Lawson Snyder, Fisheries Biology, 1980
Submitted: October 22, 2011
Spent 31 years after graduaion with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, which later became the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Started in 1980 as a freshwater fisheries biologist and is currently serving as Deputy Director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation.

David Talley, Biological Sciences, 1983
Submitted: October 22, 2011
I am finishing my 30 th year as a public school educator. I taught science at the middle and high school level for 13 years in California before moving into school administration. I have worked at all grade levels k-12 and currently serve as principal of Quincy high school. My wife Michele and I have been married for 21 years and have two daughters, Danielle and Marinda

Carlton Yee, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1964
Submitted: October 17, 2011
After 13 years in Central Oregon, Judi and I recently moved to the Boise, ID area. We love it here with a bigger city and a State more politically attuned to our views. We summer here and winter in the Las Vegas area. I have been retired for 11 years now and am hoping to live long enough to be a problem for CALPERS.